This is a surprise. Actor Vincent D'onofrio, who didn't handle basic training well in Full Metal Jacket and yearned for sugar in Men in Black, make his directorial debut in the horror indie Don't Go in the Woods, which blends together musicals and slasher movies. I know, weird. See for yourself below. [Tribeca Film/Trailer Addict]
Don’t go in the woods is sound advice, especially when there's a killer on the loose. First-time director Vincent D'Onofrio explores love, greed and ruthlessness in this twisted musical/horror hybrid, telling the story of a young band who heads to the woods to get away from their everyday lives in order to focus on writing new songs. Hoping to walk away from the trip with new tunes that will score them their big break, they instead find themselves in the middle of a nightmare beyond comprehension.
The film cleverly walks an unusual line, maintaining genuine suspense alongside a sinister sense of dread that haunts the characters as it explores the lengths that people will go in order to make their dreams come true. Displaying the musical talents of a gifted ensemble cast as they sing songs penned by acclaimed singer-songwriter Sam Bisbee, DON'T GO IN THE WOODS unexpectedly veers from terrifying horror to musical moments that wouldn't be out of place on "Glee," truly keeping viewers captivated, terrified and entertained in equal measure.
Don't know to feel about this one. While I love the idea of a well-dressed slasher killing off indie rockers, this looks like D'Onofrio made the movie off a residual check he got from Law & Order: Criminal Intent. We'll find out for sure when the movie opens on VOD on December 26th and in limited release in January.